Welcome to our culinary journey! Today, we’re exploring the vibrant and aromatic world of Thai cuisine with one of its most iconic dishes – Pad Thai. This stir-fried noodle dish, known for its perfect balance of sweet, sour, and savory flavors, is a staple in Thai cooking and a favorite among food enthusiasts worldwide. Let’s dive into making an authentic Pad Thai that will bring the taste of Thailand right into your kitchen.


  • Noodles:
    • 8 oz Thai rice noodles (Pad Thai noodles)
  • Protein:
    • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (or choice of tofu, chicken)
  • Vegetables:
    • 1 cup bean sprouts
    • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
    • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Pad Thai Sauce:
    • 3 tbsp fish sauce
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 5 tbsp brown sugar
    • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
    • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
    • 1 tsp chili sauce or flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Extras:
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • Lime wedges for serving


Step 1: Prepare the Noodles

  1. Soak the rice noodles in warm water for about 20-30 minutes until they are soft but still firm to the touch. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Pad Thai Sauce

  1. In a bowl, mix together fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, tamarind paste, rice vinegar, and chili sauce. Adjust the sweetness and spiciness according to your preference.

Step 3: Cooking the Ingredients

  1. In a large wok or pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic and protein (shrimp, tofu, or chicken). Stir-fry until just cooked and set aside.

Step 4: Scramble the Eggs

  1. In the same pan, push the cooked ingredients to the side. Crack the eggs into the wok. Scramble lightly and then mix with the other ingredients.

Step 5: Combine and Stir-fry

  1. Add the drained noodles to the wok and pour the Pad Thai sauce over them.
  2. Toss everything to combine thoroughly, ensuring the noodles are coated with the sauce and heated through.

Step 6: Add the Vegetables

  1. Add the red bell pepper, green onions, and bean sprouts. Stir-fry for another minute.

Step 7: Serve

  1. Garnish with crushed peanuts, fresh cilantro, and lime wedges.
  2. Serve hot for the best flavor experience.

Tips for Perfect Pad Thai:

  • Balance of Flavors: The key to a great Pad Thai is balancing the sweet, sour, and savory elements in the sauce.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh, quality ingredients for the best taste.
  • Stir-frying: Keep the heat high and stir continuously for an even cook.


Pad Thai is more than just a dish; it’s a celebration of Thai culture and its love for rich, complex flavors. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, this recipe offers a delightful cooking experience and a delicious taste of Thailand.

We’d love to hear how your Pad Thai turns out! Share your experiences in the comments below, and stay tuned for more delicious recipes from around the globe. Happy cooking!

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